Mount Allison University honours Elizabeth May

Green Party leader receives third honorary doctorate

Mount Allison University honours Elizabeth May

SACKVILLE, NB – Green Party leader Elizabeth May will receive an honorary doctorate from New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University, recognizing her achievements as an environmentalist, activist, lawyer and author.

Ms. May will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) during the university’s spring Convocation ceremony today. It will be the third honorary doctorate for the Green Party leader, who received her first honorary LL.D from the University of New Brunswick in 2003 and was previously awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (DHumL) from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2000. The Chair in Women’s Health and the Environment at Dalhousie University is also named in her honour.

“Elizabeth May has represented the Maritime Provinces throughout her active life,” reads the citation. “Through her vigorous dedication to environmental causes, her enduring connection with the maritime region, and above all her determined efforts to apply her energy and education towards making the world a better place, Elizabeth May embodies many of Mount Allison’s key values.”

Ms. May features prominently on the environmental scene in Canada, having served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada for 17 years prior to stepping down to run for the leadership of the Green Party. She holds a law degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was awarded the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 award in 1990.


Camille Labchuk